During the late hours of July 22 and early hours of July 23, brothers Robert and Michael Bever viciously attacked their family.
Police received a 911 call that night from 12-year-old Daniel Bever, who stated that his brother was attacking the family. After the line went dead, officers were dispatched to the house. They saw blood on the porch of the house and heard a faint voice calling for help.
The brothers had killed their parents David, 52, and April, 44, with stab wounds all over their bodies. Daniel, 12, Christopher, 7, and 5-year-old Victoria were also victims of their brothers’ murderous spree.
During the trial, the brothers admitted they tricked their siblings into opening their locked doors by pretending they were being attacked.
Another family member was injured in the attack: 13-year-old Crystal. She was saved when officers responded to the 911 call. After being taken to the hospital for a slit throat and stab wounds, she is said to be in serious but stable condition.
2-year-old Autumn Bever was luckily found completely unharmed inside the house. She was spared because the brothers simply “forgot” about her, though Robert did reveal he had plans to chop her head off with an axe.
They told police that they’d planned the attack for a while, and Robert bought knives, body armor, and other weapons online to avoid having to prove his age. Crystal Bever had brought this to the attention of her parents but her mother brushed it off as something that boys are interested in, while their father just complained he was wasting money.
After the familicide, the family planned to travel to heavily populated areas to kill five people each. Robert reportedly wanted to be more famous than the 1999 Columbine shooting and hoped to have a body count of over 100.
Both boys initially pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. Robert’s defense tried to have him tried as a juvenile, and cited the father's physical and emotional abuse as a factor. Though Crystal was unable to testify, she also told detectives about her father's abuse, but no evidence has been found by police.
Robert was 18 at the time, while Michael was 16. Robert did not appear to show remorse at the trial, and even told the Broken Arrow Police Department that he considered killing a hobby.
Michael appeared to be upset about his family, and became physically ill during questioning. On September 7, they were both arraigned and Michael chose to stay silent. Robert then changed his plea to guilty and received five life sentences without possibility of parole for each deceased family member, as well as an additional life sentence for attempted murder of Crystal Bever.